Fifth Annual Roger Punzi Memorial Regatta and Fleet 24 50th Anniversary

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Fifth Annual Roger Punzi Memorial Regatta and Fleet 24 50th Anniversary

Submitted by Mark Riefenhauser

A calm Candlewood Lake greeted the 12 Flying Scots on the morning of October 8th for the Flying Scot Fleet 50th Anniversary and Fifth Annual Roger Punzi Memorial Regatta at Candlewood Yacht Club in New Fairfield, CT. This was also the Fleet 24 Championship. Out of town boats traveled from the New York Lakes District and the New England District as well as other fleets in the Greater New York District which Fleet 24 is a part of. A welcome continental breakfast was served to the racers and volunteers. Races were scheduled to start at 11 am. Our Race Committee, chaired by our Commodore, Tom Mullen and Melanie Dunham, smartly postponed the start due to little to no wind on the lake. We all waited patiently as the time passed by. It was hopeful that we get in at least one race. After checking wind conditions several times over the course of the day, it was decided to give it a try as a light wind started to form in the afternoon and all of the boats were in the water ready to go. So we all headed out on the lake in search of the wind following the Race Committee. After about an hour on the water, it finally came! A southerly wind of about 6-8 mph filled in on the lake. Race 1 will be on! A windward – leeward course was quickly set and the start sequence commenced. Greg and Dianne Kampf took the win and a close finish for second by Mark and Adam Riefenhauser over Greg and Steve Northrop. Race 2 immediately started after all the other boats finished. Greg and Dianne took first, followed by Mark and Adam in second and Dave Irving and Warren Schutt in third. Overall for the regatta, Greg and Dianne Kampf came in first, Mark and Adam Riefenhauser, second and Dave Irving and Warren Schutt, third. For the Fleet 24 Championship, Mark and Adam Riefenhauser took first. After the races, racers were treated to snacks and cheer provided by Fleet 24 members followed by a catered dinner. Out of town boats were quickly packed and ready for the road. It was a great end of the season for some of us as winter is just around the corner. But regardless, we are already planning next year’s event and hope to see you all next year! Photos have been provided by Joe Doucet and Ed Wilkes.  See results here See pictures here.

Always a Fun Time at the Roger Punzi Memorial - Candlewood YC, CT

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We always enjoy going to Candlewood Yacht Club for the Roger Punzi Memorial and this year was also the 50th Anniversary regatta for Fleet 24.  This year we started out with 12 boats registered but no wind so we had a postponement.  But the Race Committee found the wind later in the day and we were able to get in 2 great races, and Greg and I won!  We'll see a longer writeup soon, but  wanted to thank Mark Riefenhauser and the fleet for another fun day in Connecticut - our last regatta for the year! 

Results are here.

2016 Great Scot Regatta at Birmingham Sailing Club, AL


Story by Barry Hambrick

The Great Scot is in the record books and what a weekend we had with the help of Hurricane Matthew! It all started Friday night with a cookout for all. Stan and Donna Graham cooked 40 hamburgers for our visitors from out of town along with our fleet members. The following morning, we had boats arriving from Michigan, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Texas. 29 boats in all setting an all-time record of attendance. The biggest concern, however, was winds blowing around 25 plus! We had 18 boats attempt to race and were only able to get in one race due to the fact of the wind’s speed and shifts. A couple of boats encountered hardware problems and needed a tow and a few others had trouble remaining upright. Little did we know that this race would be the only one for the weekend due to Sunday’s conditions being worse than Saturday.

That did not stop the regatta! The Scot Fleet had a great party planned with a number of members handling various duties throughout the weekend. I can’t say “thank you” enough for everyone jumping in and taking care of what was needed and to be handled. Stan and Donna Graham, David and Beth Hardwick, Dave and Toni Hackney, Tim and Pam Pack, Richard and Billie Wade, Patrick and Denise Whatley, Marty and Charlie French, Doug and Kim Fox, our fleet captain Andrew Fox and my favorite fan club, Tracy and Emily Hambrick. We would also like to say a big thank you to Bob Blythe, PRO and the members who served on race committee this weekend. It was a difficult task and conditions were not easy! Thank you to those of you who sponsored the event with a generous monetary gift. We could not have hosted the event without your help. It was an over- the- top anniversary celebration.
Highlights from the evening….We had an awesome appetizers and dinner catered by our friends at Butts to Go. Wade Reich and his team do an outstanding job with food! Right before dinner, we held our annual Great Scot Raffle. There were so many prizes and it was a huge hit with everyone. Even if you didn’t win a prize at the raffle, no one went home empty handed. Every guest received a 40th Anniversary F/S etched mug filled with tea and tea cookies to carry out the Scottish tradition at our Great Scot Regatta. Once again this year, we had a wonderful DJ, George Buchann, who kept us dancing all evening as well as providing music for the Awards Ceremony. At his suggestion, we are proud to have paid tribute to our great nation by playing the Star Spangled Banner before the festivities got started. We also had a guest speaker, Mr. Sandy Lawton, who played an important role in getting the Scot Fleet started at The Birmingham Sailing Club some 40 years ago.

At our Awards Ceremony, we honored Harry Reich for his continuing support of our club and our fleet. We also paid tribute to Tim Pack and Dave Hackney as former Fleet Captains for reviving the fleet to where we are today, and thank them for their contributions. Richard Wade received an award as our District Champion, and Andrew Fox was recognized for winning the Challenger Fleet at Mid Winters. Patrick and Denise Whatley received the Harry Reich Sportsman Award, and on behalf of the Scot Fleet, Andrew Fox accepted the Fleet of the Year Award from our District Governor Rob Fowler.

Thanks to Denise Whatley, we have photos to share from the race on Saturday. If you would like to view them, please visit here.  They will be up for 180 days.

As you can see, we had a wonderful 2016 Great Scot Regatta. If you were not able to attend this year, we encourage you to please make plans to do so next October! We’d love to see you there.

Results are here.  

Loads of Fun at the 2016 Glow in the Dark Regatta - Clinton Lake, IL

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Race 1 with Bill Vogler and Jack McClurken leading         Bruce & Lynn Kitchen with Fleet Captain Chris Tesdal

Story by Deb Aronson

Well, at the risk of tooting my own (really Fleet 135's) horn, I'd say the Glow regatta was pretty much a success. The weather was a little toasty, but still reasonable for camping. We had the very able PRO Dan Goldberg squeeze two races out of the light, north-northeast winds Saturday and then two more great races Sunday when the wind finally arrived from the south.

In Saturday's first race Bill Vogler and Jack McClurkin caught Bruce and Lynn Kitchen, who have been having an outstanding season. In the second race the Kitchens came back and, as the wind died, snuck up the right side of the lake, while Ben and Deb tried the left side, barely missing a few stumps and branches! It was a relief to the whole fleet when the RC shortened the course from five legs to three in dying breeze.

This was the first year we used regatta network for scoring and apparently it was amazing. As soon as Fleet 135-member and scoring chair Trent Johnson got off the water and entered a few numbers, voila! The results were up! This is a far cry from back in the day when we hand wrote results on the white board at the pavilion.  I know not everyone loves registering on line but it sure did make scoring tons easier.

After everyone pulled their boats and started drinking beer we started the steak cookout, with the able assistance of Chris Tesdal. We really need to buy him a chef's hat one of these years. We had the usual amazing beers from Madison courtesy of Deb and Luther Torgerson, as well as many other adult beverage contributions, and chocolate cake to die for from Heather Johnson.

2016 Atlantic Coast Championship & Greater NY District Championship


Sailing with the NY Skyline in background - photo courtesy of Bob Markoff

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Story is by Thom Lee and Marc Gordon

The Monmouth Boat Club hosted the 2016 Flying Scot Atlantic Coast Championships and Greater New York District Championships on Sept 16-18th and provided a great event for all involved. The regatta was held in Sandy Hook Bay, NJ which provided for mile long legs.  Sailing conditions were perfect with sun and winds of 15 to 20 knots on the first day and 8 to 15 on the second day. Twenty two boats hit the line from Annapolis and Pennsylvania to Connecticut. The top sailors factored in the shifts, current, and tactics to achieve success.

MBC hospitality was in full swing.  A Friday pizza party kicked off the weekend.  After a full day of racing, the sailors were treated with beer and water delivered to the boats.  A special Italian dinner was held in the Monmouth Boat Club with musical entertainment.  The finale was the awards party on Sunday afternoon held in the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club overlooking Sandy Hook Bay and the New York skyline.

For the ACC, David Neff with crew Jason Hair took 1st place and the title of Atlantic Coast Champions. In 2nd place were Dan Vought and his crew David Watts. 3rd place went to Peter Sayia and his crew Russ Lines and Jackie Wilhelm.

For the GNY, Dan Vought finished in 1st place, with Peter Sayia coming in 2nd and Larry Nociolo coming in 3rd sailing with Eileen Nociolo and Dave Whittle.

The Jack Orr trophy for most wins in the Greater New York Districts went to Brian Hayes and his crew Brian Hayes Jr.  The ACC Perpetual trophy went to Dave Neff and the GNY Perpetual Trophy went to Dan Vought. 

Congratulations to the winners and all of the competitors for participating in a classic weekend regatta.


Downwind with Sandy Hook State Park in the background - photo courtesy of Bob Markoff

Full results are here. 

Lots of photos from Saturday by Art Petrosemolo are here.

2016 Massapoag Yacht Club 67th Annual Regatta - Sharon, MA


We had another wonderful time at the 67th Annual Massapoag Yacht Club Regatta, with 57 boats participating. There were 16 Flying Scots - winners John and Connie Eckart (pictured here), 6 Day Sailers - winners Mike McCaffrey and Suzanne Boohar, 4 Comets - winners Talbott and Carol Lee Ingram, 9 RS Aeros - winner Marc Jacobi, and 22 Sunfish - winner Andy David!

What an amazing sight on the water ! The PRO Gary Werden and crew did a good job of keeping fleets separated using Trapezoid courses. The finish boat had quite a task keeping all the finishes straight but we got everyone scored and got the results up pretty quickly.The food from Roche Brothers was excellent as always and we enjoyed some nice meals, including lobstahs with friends and lots of stories to tell.

We unfortunately had a squall on Sunday that blew across the lake and capsized 10-15 boats. Many self-righted and the rest were taken care of by MYC rescue boats, other sailboats and MYC members going out in dinghies to boats near the dock. One boat even caught a fish when it was righted and we all had a good laugh at that one! No injuries were reported but a few boats will need some new parts. The Sharon Police and Fire Departments checked in to make sure everyone was safe and we were able to report that everyone was accounted for.

Talk about a story to remember! Thanks to all who participated and everyone who worked the regatta. Hope you all had a great time! Full results for all classes are on Regatta Network.  Flying Scot results are here.

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